West Goldfield Vista; Goldfield Mountains, November 24, 2017  Trail Map 

Last time I tried this as a sunrise hike, the morning was cloudy. So here I go again, hoping to catch that golden light. The sky was clear, and I got to the northwest lookout before sunrise.

After leaving my sunrise picture spot I met dozens of people on the trail. The first was a hiker going the other way, then there were more hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and finally when I got to Sand Canyon, horseback riders.

My daughter Clara was waiting for me at Meridian Trailhead. She’s precious.


silhouette
Sonoran vegetation in the pre-dawn light.
Ord
Mt. Ord (background) and Stewart Mountain (foreground) in the pre-dawn light.
kiss
First view of the Dragon’s Kiss.
3269
Peak 3269.
Ord
Mt. Ord and Boulder Mountain catch the first rays.
dawn
Red Mountain and the McDowells.
Stewart
Stewart Mountain.
Lone
Lone Mountain.
saguaros
Sunlit saguaros.
mineral
Precambrian granite meets Tertiary rhyolite.
Lichen
Lichens in Christmas colors.
Bush
Saguaro stands watch over the Bush Pediment.
Bigelovii
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Stay right there.
3205
Peak 3205, from the pass.
3004
Peak 3004.

  More Hike Pictures updated November 24, 2017